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A Personal Connection to Nursing at Rush

Nancy McIlvaine (left) isn’t a frequent hospital visitor. But about four years ago, extreme sciatica pain led her to come to Rush University Medical Center’s Robert R. McCormick Center for Advanced Emergency Response for treatment. Nancy was admitted for three days, during which time the nurses never left her side, she said.

“There was nothing they wouldn’t do for me,” Nancy said. “The nurses were so committed and checked on me so often, it was as if they didn’t need a buzzer to remind them. We started giving to nursing at Rush right after this experience.”

Nancy was also motivated to honor her health care heroes with philanthropic gifts when she learned how personally committed the nurses are to Rush. She was treated by nurses who studied at Rush University College of Nursing who told her that they “are so proud of Rush, they would never go anywhere else,” she said. In addition to the nurses’ care and commitment, Nancy was touched when she received a thank-you note signed by the nurses who treated her, thanking her for coming to Rush and being their patient.

“If you have to come to a hospital, this is what the experience should be like,” Nancy said. “They really took time to get to know me, and let me get to know them as well.”

National Nurses Week runs from May 6 until May 12. Make your gift online now in honor of your nurse.

Honor Your Health Care Hero

Nurses, physicians and other caregivers at Rush work diligently to find and apply the right treatment you or your loved ones need, to ease symptoms and to manage continuing health.

Grateful patients thank and honor their caregivers during National Nurses Week with gifts to Rush, and continue to do so all year long. In fact, patients’ interest in honoring their health care heroes is one of the Medical Center’s strongest sources of philanthropy.

Say thank you to those working to save lives and give us more years with the people we love by contributing in honor of the health care professionals who provided that care. We will notify the doctors, nurses or other caregivers of your generosity.

To learn more about honoring your health care hero or making a gift to Rush, please contact a member of our Annual Giving team at (312) 942-6112 or

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